Advertising
Advertising

6 Things To Consider When Choosing A Wedding Cake

6 Things To Consider When Choosing A Wedding Cake

Planning for your wedding can create exhilarating experiences. Planning for the right kind of food, drinks, amount of guests, and the right venue can split your attention leaving you confused and all stressed out. It’s important to maintain focus and make the right choices so as to enjoy a wonderful experience on your wedding day. If you’re indecisive on the perfect wedding cake to choose, you have come to the right source to learn more about it.

Elegant and Tasty Wedding Cakes

Customarily, wedding cakes are served to wedding guests right after the wedding ceremony. It’s the prominently distinct and well-distinguished cakes that stand like an ivory tower and sets itself apart from ordinary cakes presented at other functions. Often times it consists of several layers and is thoroughly decorated and furnished with icing, candles, beads and other embellishments that would reflect the grandness of the event.

Placed on the top of the cake is a colorful image of a bride and groom. There’s a great variance in wedding cakes ranging from the simplest to the most complex depending on the artistry of the baker. Whatever the variation you desire to choose, it’s important that it conforms to the main purpose of the cake, and still be edible and tasty.

Advertising

Cakes are an integral part of wedding plan so follow these guidelines in order to make the right choice when purchasing a wedding cake.

  1. Plan ahead

While the choice of your wedding cake is important, planning ahead is a necessity. It is advisable to make time out to plan for your cakes as you would for your wedding gown. Because of the importance of the occasion, it is best to look for professional referrals or hire the services of a competent baker.

Planning ahead will reduce the burdens associated with planning your wedding hurriedly. With the use of a catalog, you can review  large amounts of designs and styles and choose the one that best suits your needs and budget

Advertising

  1. Budget

While wedding cakes can look elegant and tasty, but they could be very expensive. It is wise not to sacrifice quality for cheap cost but it is of great essence to choose a wedding cake that fits your budget.

Each embellishment on every wedding cake has its own price. So choose wisely and make sure you know the price of a cake before choosing it. However, you can customize a cake to suit your needs and budget. All you need to do is to inform your baker about the decoration and features to be added on your wedding cake.

  1. Do not skip details

It is important not to skip any details and tell your baker about your expectations early. While you may have plenty of ideas for your wedding cake, try as much as possible to keep it simple and chic. If you choose to have your wedding celebrated in an open area like the beach, you should provide your baker with detailed information, as cakes with very light icing are prone to melting.

Advertising

Cakes melt easily especially during hot weather. And when cakes melt, it makes a mess of its cute look and decorations. It’s important that you plan a back -up site where you can store and preserve your cake. Make sure the table you will be placing your cake upon is sturdy and strong.

  1. Reduce cost and decorate your wedding cake

If your cake comes delivered on time and you feel it is under-decorated you can spice things up and add some decorations on your own.

Extra decorations can be done on a very low budget as embellishments are very affordable. You can buy the decorations from any retail store near you.

Advertising

  1. Taste is important

Wedding cakes are not just about its looks and how it makes you feel, they should taste fantastic too – that’s the essence of cakes. Most bakers offer free samples for you to test the quality and flavor of the cake. If they do not allow this, jump to the next store

  1. Flower decorations

Flowers are great for designing cakes. The choice of flowers is also important because both synthetic and natural flowers can be used. They are great for decorating cakes. It is important to choose them wisely and to ensure they are free from chemicals. If safety is considered, then sugar flowers are better because they are edible gum paste decorations that have wire or toothpicks on them.

It is important to choose them wisely and to ensure they are free from chemicals. If safety is considered, then sugar flowers are better because they are edible gum paste decorations that have wire or toothpicks on them.

Featured photo credit: communitytable.parade.com via static.communitytable.parade.com

More by this author

Benefits of Energy Efficient Windows and Doors Tips on Choosing the Right Window and Door Expert How to Get A Car Loan With Bad Credit How To Buy A Pre-Construction Townhome How To Make Your Basement More Useful Than Just a Storage Space

Trending in Lifestyle

1 Does Keto Weight Loss Diet Plan Actually Work? 2 10 Best Healthy and Natural Weight Loss Supplements 3 17 Weight Loss Recipes That Are Incredibly Nutritious and Super Delicious 4 How I Lose Weight, Get to 9% Body Fat and Build Muscles with Vegan Diet 5 The Biggest Myth About Losing Belly Fat: Can You Lose Belly Fat Only?

Read Next

Advertising
Advertising
Advertising

Last Updated on September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

Advertising

When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

Advertising

By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

Advertising

Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

Advertising

For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

More About Working From Home

Featured photo credit: Standsome Worklifestyle via unsplash.com

Reference

Read Next